ORANGE, Texas — A man has died after an alligator attacked him during a late-night swim at a Southeast Texas marina.
Police in Orange, near the state line with Louisiana, say 28-year-old Tommie Woodward was swimming in a bayou early Friday morning when the attack occurred.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies and a Texas game warden found his body nearby about two hours later.
Police said the man was swimming with a woman, but Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told KFDM-TV in Beaumont that she only jumped from a dock after the man screamed for help.
Price says a sign warns people not to swim in the area and that the man was bitten soon after he jumped in.
“He said, ‘Blank the alligators,’ and thereupon jumped into the water,” Price told KFDM-TV.
The woman was not hurt.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.